The PC maker hosted a grand opening ceremony attended by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory at its first US plant in Whitsett.
Ironically the move is being seen as the “return of PC manufacturing to the US” and Lenovo is adding 115 new manufacturing jobs in North Carolina and is on track to fully ramp up production by the end of June.
The 240,000-square-foot Whitsett facility provides Lenovo with logistics, customer solutions, national returns centre, and now manufacturing production.
The plant will make the ThinkCentre M92p Tiny desktop, ThinkPad Tablet 2, ThinkPad Helix convertible Ultrabook and more. The new manufacturing line arms Lenovo with the capability to deliver products to customers with even greater efficiency and reliability, in addition to offering an expanded and more valuable set of PC-related services, including custom product configurations, imaging, asset tagging, bundling of products, and more.
Governor Pat McCrory does not seem to share the US fear of Chinese companies. After all he can see that Lenovo’s operations are estimated to positively increase state output by more than $1 billion.
He also does not appear to care about Lenovo putting any backdoors into hardware which will allow US PCs to be controlled by Beijing or any other excuses that are being touted in Washington at the moment.
He said that he was proud to have the Chinese company in his state as it was continuing to invest in North Carolina, bringing needed jobs to the Greensboro area and providing a foundation for future economic growth in the state.